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U.S. to Phase Out Most Chimp Research

WASHINGTON - The leading U.S. medical research agency said Thursday it would move to phase out most government-funded experiments using chimpanzees after an independent panel of experts urged strict limits on use of the primates. READ MORE

Dec 15, 2011 / 0 comments


Chimpanzee Research Rarely Needed, U.S. Experts Say

WASHINGTON - Most U.S. research on chimpanzees is unnecessary and should be strictly limited in the future, an independent panel of medical experts said Thursday, stopping short of urging an outright ban. READ MORE

Dec 15, 2011 / 0 comments


Crows Remember Colors for a Year, Japanese Study Says

TOKYO - Crows have a long-term memory so good that they can recall colors for at least a year, a Japanese study has shown. READ MORE

Dec 08, 2011 / 0 comments


Ocean Cacophony a Torment for Sea Mammals

BERGEN, Norway - With the constant churn of freighter propellers, the percussive thump of oil and gas exploration and the underwater din of military testing, ocean noise levels have become unbearable for some sea mammals. READ MORE

Dec 08, 2011 / 0 comments


World’s Oldest Dog Passes Away

Pusuke, the world’s oldest living dog, passed away on Monday at 26 years of age. READ MORE

Dec 08, 2011 / 0 comments


Drug to Treat Cushing’s Disease in Horses Approved by FDA

Prascend (peroglide mesylate) has become the first drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in horses to treat Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID or Equine Cushing’s disease). Prascend is intended to control the clinical signs associated with... READ MORE

Nov 18, 2011 / 0 comments


Living With Diabetic Pets

"Emma Jean's blood glucose is over 400. She's diabetic," the vet said. But all I heard was "Emma Jean blah blah blah DIABETIC." (She was also ketoacidotic, but that's another story.) READ MORE

Nov 15, 2011 / 0 comments


Drag Race: Transvestite Birds Win Competition for Sex

PARIS - In a species of hawk, males dress themselves up as females to gain a sneaky advantage in the mating game, according to an unusual study published Wednesday. READ MORE

Nov 09, 2011 / 0 comments


Cave-painters of Ancient Horses were Realists

WASHINGTON - An international team of researchers said Monday they have found the first evidence that spotted horses, often seen depicted in cave paintings, actually existed tens of thousands of years ago. READ MORE

Nov 08, 2011 / 0 comments


Taking the Fear Out of Pet Cancer

Cancer is no longer affecting just people; it's affecting our pets too. In fact, according to the Veterinary Oncology & Hematology Center, cancer accounts for nearly 50 percent of disease-related pet deaths, making it the number one killer of dogs and cats. However, new efforts... READ MORE

Nov 03, 2011 / 0 comments


What National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Means for your Pets

This year's Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close today, but for those who are dedicated to the cure, the crusade never ends. The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) organization celebrated "25 years of awareness, education and empowerment" this... READ MORE

Oct 31, 2011 / 0 comments


Killer Whales Migrate, Study Finds, But Why?

Some killer whales, a study published Wednesday shows for the first time, wander nearly 6,200 miles (10,000 kilometers) from Antarctica's Southern Ocean into tropical waters -- but not to feed or breed. READ MORE

Oct 26, 2011 / 0 comments


Rising to the Challenge: Service Animals and Handi-capable Pets

Pets share in our companionship and provide unconditional love. But for the differently-abled human community, the human-animal bond goes much deeper than simple companionship. From facing limitations in mobility to getting about in the world, pets provide aid as service animals,... READ MORE

Sep 30, 2011 / 0 comments


Striking Portraits of Disabled Pets

With advances in veterinary medicine and a little special care, disabled pets are now capable of leading long, happy, "handi-capable" lives. Even when tasked with extra care, owners of these pets are discovering special places in their hearts for them.   READ MORE

Sep 30, 2011 / 0 comments


Do Birds Have Thumbs?

PARIS - It is the kind of question that keeps biologists up at night: from an evolutionary standpoint, is the innermost digit of a bird's three-pronged wing more like a thumb or an index finger? READ MORE

Sep 06, 2011 / 0 comments


Plastic Surgeries for Pets on the Rise

Plastic surgery isn't just for humans anymore. Take Neuticles, for instance. Since 1995 over 250,000 pets worldwide have been "Neuticled," a procedure where bean-shaped silicone implants are placed in the scrotum of neutered dogs. Dog owners choose this procedure for a variety... READ MORE

Aug 29, 2011 / 0 comments


Planet is Home to 8.7 Million Species, New Study Says

WASHINGTON - Some 8.7 million different species exist on Earth, though a tiny amount of those have actually been discovered and catalogued, researchers said Tuesday. READ MORE

Aug 24, 2011 / 0 comments


How Skippy Got His Hop: Kangaroo Genome is Sequenced

PARIS - An international team of researchers on Friday said they had sequenced the first genome of a kangaroo, a project aimed at pinpointing the genes that give the marsupial its remarkable abilities to hop and smell. READ MORE

Aug 19, 2011 / 0 comments


Chimps Like to Help Others, Study Finds

WASHINGTON - Female chimpanzees like to spontaneously help others rather than act selfishly, suggesting altruism may not be a uniquely human trait, U.S. researchers said on Monday. READ MORE

Aug 09, 2011 / 0 comments


Few Replicas as First Cloned Cat Nears 10

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Nearly 10 years after scientists cloned the first cat, predictions of a vast commercial market for the "resurrection" of beloved pets through cloning have fallen flat. READ MORE

Aug 08, 2011 / 0 comments